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Department of Energy

GOING GREEN

With our world today, our natural resources are diminishing, and we are trying to do what we can to reserve them. Solar panels could be built, and save money spent on energy throughout time. Small solar panels can power small things throughout our facilities, if the government does not want to spend millions on huge solar panels. A great way to promote going green could be installing solar panels on the GEMS (Green Environmental... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Kick the Can, USA!

As summer interns in the Region 9 office of the Environmental Protection Agency, it has been exciting to see that EPA practices what it preaches! One of the best sustainability initiatives in the San Francisco office is to replace personal trash bins with larger bins in communal areas of each floor. This simple act saves money, reduces landfill waste, and gently encourages recycling. In the EPA’s San Francisco office,... more »

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Department of Energy

Fueling the Future - American Fuel Sovereignity

DoD et. al. fund unconventional fuel source research to limit dependency on foreign sources. Typically, these advances create unintended consequences in supply of other resources. Alternative fuel production from agricultural product is one example that clearly demonstrates how an increased production can negatively affect food costs by decreasing available supply. Further alternatives exist that would not create these... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Eliminate Citizenship Paper Certificates w/Plastic Card

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services currently issues very expensive Certificates of Citizenship and Certificates of United States Naturalization. They are printed by the Treasury Department's Engraving & Printing and then issued after vetting and a fee of approx. $600 dollars plus is paid to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Converting these certificates into plastic card identifiers would cost... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Laboratory Plastics - The outrageous markups and how to fix it.

The markups on these products are astronomical. The companies that sell them are all making HUGE profit margins on the order of 1000%+. For example, we use Rainin pipettes in our lab. A 960 tip refill box costs $45 from rainin.com. If you order 10 of them they drop the price to $38. If you order a compatible product directly from a manufacturer in China it costs 96 cents not including shipping. That tells me that... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Sustainable Government IDs from Recycled Plastic

The government spends thousands to millions of dollars making plastic IDs for their government employees each year. When these IDs expire or their beholder leaves his/her position, they are then tossed into the trashed and disposed as waste; waste destined to sit in a landfill. Why not recycle them? By making IDs out of recycled plastic and then recycling the IDs themselves after use, the government could not only increase... more »

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